MTSU researcher focuses on girls in Thailand in le...

MTSU researcher focuses on girls in Thailand in lecture

An MTSU professor exploring the meaning of girls’ lives as constructed in Thailand will share her insights in an upcoming public lecture.

Dr. Ida Fadzillah Leggett

Dr. Ida Fadzillah Leggett will speak on “Beautiful Girls: Exploring the Interconnections Between Childhood Studies and Feminist Studies from an Anthropological Perspective” from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Room N127, the SunTrust Room, of MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building.

“This presentation argues that exploring how the influences of money, labor and love work at the everyday level to add to feminist understandings of how gender identity is influenced, negotiated and at times reconfigured in the reality of girls’ lives,” Leggett said.

Leggett’s speech will be based specifically on the life experiences of girls using her own work among teenage girls in Thailand as a case study.

“This presentation examines how anthropological research among children adds to scholarly and popular understandings of how contemporary social identities are established and young lives are experienced in this globalizing world,” said Leggett, who is a professor in MTSU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

This free public lecture is part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Research Lecture Series. A searchable campus map with parking notes is available at

For more information, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies office at 615-898-2910 or

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